Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our modelAll three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 13,217 as of Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,125 issues advancing vs. 1,742 declining with 157 unchanged.The Consumer Goods sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A (CCH), down 2.1%, and Toyota Motor (TM), down 1.0%. A company within the sector that increased today was Panasonic Corporation (PC), up 6.3%.TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector lower today:5. Monster Beverage (MNST) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Monster Beverage is down $1.39 (-2.5%) to $55.41 on light volume Thus far, 747,447 shares of Monster Beverage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.36-$56.96 after having opened the day at $56.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.80. Monster Beverage Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, sells, and distributes alternative beverage category beverages in the United States and internationally. Monster Beverage has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Monster Beverage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.TheStreet Ratings rates Monster Beverage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Monster Beverage Ratings Report now.EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Jim Cramer's Protégé, Dave Peltier, only buys Stocks Under $10 that he thinks could potentially double. See what he's trading today with a 14-day FREE pass
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